Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros - 8/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (71-57) at Minnesota Twins (66-62)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
L McCullers (5-4) (3.12) vs. E Santana (2-4) (6.05)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +120 / Houston Astros -130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, ROOT-Southwest
The Houston Astros look to leave Target Field with a win versus the Minnesota Twins.
The Houston Astros have been playing well which is making the rest of the American League West squirm. The Astros hot streak continued in a 4-1 victory at Target Field for their 8th win in eleven games. Mike Fiers followed his no hitter with a run scored on three hits in six frames for the win. The offense didn’t waste the effort with a ten hit, four walk attack that saw Luis Valbuena drive in a pair of runs and score while every starter but one recorded hits. Rookie Lance McCullers returns from the minors to face Minnesota for the first time in his career. On the season McCullers has gone 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA covering 15 starts.
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The Minnesota Twins are getting themselves back in to the Wild Card picture and can’t afford to let up. The Twins had won seven of eight before Saturday’s defeat where the offense never got going. Starter Mike Pelfrey was charged with all four runs on seven hits and a pair of free passes through 3.2 innings of work with four relievers tossing a shutout the rest of the way. The bats were held to five hits with Brian Dozier doubling twice while Joe Mauer singled two times. Minnesota hopes Ervin Santana can right the ship when he opposes the Astros for the first time in 2015. In ten starts this season Santana has gone 2-4 with an ERA just north of six.
The under is 8-2 in Houston’s last 10 overall and is 8-2 in their last 10 on grass while going 16-5-1 in their last 22 road games. Minnesota are 7-1 in their last 8 games as an underdog and are 7-1 in their last 8 overall while the under is 7-3-2 in their last 12 Sunday games. Houston are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings. I am backing Houston but I’m worried the long season has taken a toll on McCullers…